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Sir Terence Matthews
Sir Terence Matthews
Professor Raymond Schinazi
Professor Raymond Schinazi
UA Fanthorpe
UA Fanthorpe
Sir John Chisholm
Sir John Chisholm
Graduates at the ceremony
Graduates at the ceremony
Photos by Nic Delves-Broughton

Internal News - 06 July 2006

Degree ceremonies finish at Bath Abbey today

The University’s summer degree finish today, with around 750 students from Biology & Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Physics attending ceremonies at Bath Abbey at 10-30am, 2-15pm and 5pm.

The honorary graduates at today’s ceremonies are the businessman Sir Terence Matthews and the scientist Professor Raymond Schinazi.

Sir Terence’s first company, Mitel, sold the first affordable push button tone phones, and its success created a world leading company in ATM network technology which sold for around £5 billion. He will receive the degree of Doctor of Engineering.

Professor Schinazi is an academic scientist who has been pivotal in the discovery and development of successful anti-HIV and anti-hepatitis drugs. He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Bath and graduated with a PhD in 1976. He will receive the degree of Doctor of Science.

Today’s ceremonies are the last of ten that took place this week, at which 2500 undergraduates and postgraduate students, the most ever graduating from the University, received their degree awards.

The ceremonies were all preceded by a public procession of some of the University’s senior officers and academics, presided over by its Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat. The processions began at the Guildhall, went into the High Street, right into Cheap Street, left down Farrs Passage into the Abbey Churchyard.

They returned after the ceremonies past Rebecca’s Fountain and into the High Street. These roads were closed to traffic for about six minutes during the processions. Today these closures will occur at approximately 10-20am, 11-30am (return), 2-05pm, 3-15pm (return), 4-50pm and 6pm (return).

The other honorary graduates at this week’s ceremonies are:

• Dame Stephanie Shirley, who arrived in the UK from Germany in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee. Her early hardship was a spur to success, and she set up an IT company, now known as Xansa, which changed the status of professional women in hi tech occupations and became a multimillion pound business. Dame Stephanie has set up one of the top 50 grant-giving foundations in the UK, the Shirley Foundation, which has donated £50 million over the last seven years. She was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws.

• Sir John Chisholm, who is Executive Chairman of QinetiQ, an organisation that is a major presence in the defence, security and technology markets. A spin off from Sir John’s reorganisation of the UK Ministry of Defence’s research laboratories, QinetiQ, floated on the London Stock Exchange last February with a market capitalisation of £1.3 billion. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Engineering.

• Sir Christopher Gent, who became Managing Director of Vodafone in 1985, at that time a small British company. Two decades later he had turned it into the world’s largest mobile telecommunications operation and engineered Vodafone’s historic acquisition of the Germany company, Mannesmann for £122 billion. He was knighted in 2001 for his contributions to the development of the mobile communications industry and has been lauded for his outstanding commercial and strategic leadership. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws.

• Sir Peter Hall, who is best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he founded in 1960, at the age of 29. He served as its artistic director from then to 1968. He was director of the National Theatre from 1973 to 1988 and after leaving it he founded his own company. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 1963 and in 1977 was knighted for his services to the theatre. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters.

• Sir David Varney, whose achievements include appointments as Managing Director of Shell UK, as Chief Executive of BG (formerly British Gas), and as Chairman of mm02. He is currently Executive Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws.

• U A Fanthorpe, who was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry. She was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters.

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